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The ARC of Martin County
2001 South Kanner Highway | Stuart, FL 34994 | (772) 283-2525
 
Arc Family

As a parent, there is nothing more frightening than knowing your child has serious disabilities, yet living day to day without understanding how to help her. ARC changed our lives! Their staff immediately took us in and helped us with therapy and techniques to address her disabilities. For a family in our situation, there are no other organizations that can provide the care, expertise and resources ARC does. Simply put, their work is God's work to many families. 

 
ARC of Martin County has done amazing work for my family, with little funding available. When we came through their doors for the first time in 2007, it was hard to see even a light at the end of the tunnel for our son. ARC taught us how to work with him daily on social, physical, and academic accomplishments. Now, not only is he able to do tasks on his own, he is thriving in his school! He has truly been given new opportunities in his youth.
 

 

Programs & Services

Families looking for support and assistance for their loved one with a disability may wish to take advantage of the considerable expertise The ARC has acquired in this area. Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged provides families who are relatively new and unknowledgeable of the services available for people with special needs the guidance and training to navigate this ever changing and complex system.  Our intake process will assist participants in identifying needed services and programs that are available.

 
Children's Services - After-School Program, ABLE Summer Camp, Community Inclusion Programs, In-Home Respite, Pragmatic Behavioral Health Services and Alternative Behavioral Learning Environment (ABLE) program.
 
Adult Services - Adult Day Training, Supported Employment, Supported Living, Residential, Vocational, Transportation and Community Participation Programs
 
Behavioral Health Care Services - Facility and Community Based Behavioral Programs, which employ principles of behavior analysis techniques to maximize an individuals greatest opportunites for independance.
 
Children’s Services
 
After-School Program
Children and young adults with disabilities, who attend public school and live at home, can enjoy meaningful, fun, safe and productive after-school hours at various ARC facilities. This well-designed program of recreation and self-care skills activities is offered Tuesday through Friday, after regular school hours and during school holidays and extended school breaks.This program runs on school days, Tuesday through Friday, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 
ABLE Summer Camp - Supported by Newman's own Foundation
The Able Summer Camp program is offered throughout the entire summer and includes physical games, activities and interaction in a stimulating environment, to include canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, as well as computer and other educational activities in a behaviorally based curriculum.
 
In-Home Respite
The ARC of Martin County is also there for the families of individuals with disabilities. To enable families to attend to other responsibilities, arrangements can be made for children and adults with disabilities to stay at day program sites or overnight in a residential setting. Here they are provided with assistance in self-care, social, work and recreational activities in a safe environment.
 
Pragmatic Behavioral Health Services
Pragmatic BeahUnder the guidance of a Level 1 Board Certified Behavior Analyst, The ARC provides youth between the ages of 15 and 25 the opportunity to participate in small group settings with other individuals with similar skills to achieve functional outcomes in the areas of social interaction with peers, classmates, teachers and the community at large.
 
Adult Services
 
Residential Services
Personal choice is respected in the selection of a consumer’s home. These homes are modified as needed to accommodate special needs and meet the most rigid requirements for safety while maintaining an environment that is comfortable, well designed and practical. We believe that helping people with disabilities to lead more fulfilling lives by achieving higher levels of independence and responsibility is an attainable goal. That’s why the children and adults who live in these residences receive the benefits of individualized support plans that build on strengths and are designed to assist them to improve their daily living skills.
 
Adult Training Program
The ARC of Martin County believes in making the best use of community resources. All of its efforts are directed at participation in an integrated community. Our Adult Day Program provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance independence through training in communication, money management, community inclusion and social skills. It also includes training in the use of special adaptive equipment and activities such as, adaptive swimming, bowling, musical arts and dance and therapeutic horseback riding.
 
Supported Living
We have learned that finding out how a person wishes to live and providing them with the supports and training to maintain that lifestyle is the key to success in this program. The ARC offers supports, training and activities that assist individuals to live in their own home or apartment throughout the Treasure Coast. Our staff provide participants with the supports necessary for them to maintain themselves, assess “at risk” situations and help them develop safety nets by introducing them to people and resources within their community and neighborhood. Staffing can range from 24 hour coverage to “Drop-In” assistance.
 
Community Inclusion Services
The Community Inclusion Services Program allows mature teens and adults with developmental disabilities a chance to gain independence within their community. This program offers a diverse choice of activities. Skills taught during these outings may include:

  • Group Participation
  • Money Management
  • Personal Safety
  • Team Sports
  • Social Skills

Individuals can socialize with their peers and get involved with activities they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.
 
Transportation
The ARC supplies or arranges apprpriate transportation for individuals who require or request special transportation accomodations through the use of low floor minivans, commuter passenger vans and specially adapted buses. 
 
Behavioral Health Services
Through the services of a skilled Level 1 and Level 2 Board Certified Behavior Analyst, The ARC can provide behavioral interventions that specifically target undesirable behaviors for extinction and desirable behaviors for acquisition.  Functional assessments can narrow the scope of behavioral interventions for both children and adults with intellectual disabilities to bring the greatest degree of success for the individual.
 
Supported Employment
The ARC recognizes that all people want and have the right to a full and productive life which includes a home, family, work and participation in community groups and activities.  Our Supported Employment program assists people with disabilities to get and keep jobs in the community. Encouraged and assisted by an employment specialist or job coach, individuals seek employment, train on the job, and join the work force. Participants earn competitive wages while they gain pride and sustain their independence and community involvement.
 
Respite Care
The ARC of Martin County is also there for the individuals with disabilities. To enable families to attend to other responsibilities, arrangements can be made for children and adults with disabilities to stay at day program sites or overnight in a residential setting. Here they are provided with assistance in self-care, social, work and recreational activities in a safe environment.